Just to be here, you guys sacrificed and left behind your family, your friends, and your social circles, and started over again from scratch.
And at your age, I know that even the smallest ripple in a social circle can cause an emotional tidal wave.
And to do that, just to take that one step to walk through the door, to be here, sets your head and shoulders above the rest.
Across the country right now, there are very similar ceremonies going on, where families are gathering, sending congratulations to senior classes.
You guys are so far ahead of all of them.
It's truly just amazing.
I can sit out here and even hear stories from this morning's speeches and just see the outgoing personalities and all the student body.
You guys are just in the middle of a wonderful experience.
And I don't want you to ever take that for granted.
20 years ago, I sat where you're at.
And actually, some of the faculty who were there then are still here today.
I don't want them to take any offense to any of this.
And I really tried to think about this hard last night.
I can not remember a single thing that I learned in text while I was here at Cushing Academy, not one thing.
But I hope they have a great feeling of pride and accomplishment to understand that the life lessons that I learned at Cushing Academy,
I carry with me every single day like you'd carry a cell phone and I use them every single day like you use Instagram.
Integrity, creativity, respect, discipline, hell even logistics.
You guys don't know what it's like to elect one person during study hall to go down to the food, the sub shop on the corner, give them money for 40 orders.
Have them come back, have each of them be all right, and actually get some change.
Like that's just snap to logistics.
And even this morning, you know what?
In a Vincent speech, I actually, I told you fine speech.
I shook your hand.
You can tell your whole classmates that, hey, when I got here, I messed up and you can be accountable for your actions.
This morning, I sat in the Dean's office in one of those comfortable chairs kicked myself back on.
Yeah, this is a much better situation than I was sitting here 20 years ago getting yelled at.